Lesson One


The Lesson: In this lesson, you will learn about a new method of recyling, one that will not only reduce the trash in the schools, but will benefit the new organic garden at your school.

What's Due When

Monday & Tuesday: Finish reading and reviewing all readings and Internet resources.

Wednesday: Answer the teachers questions in the discusison area and post your first discussion response.

Thursday: Respond to at least 2 of your classmates in the discussion area.

Friday: What did you learn? On the last day of this week, your groups will work together in class to summarize what you've learned. Groups will take turns presenting a five-minute synopsis to the rest of the class.

Do this First!

Watch the Cornell Waste Management Institute's 20-minute video called "It's Gotten Rotten" (1997) at [1]

Have you ever heard of composting before watching this video? Do you compost at home? Take this short quiz to see what you REALLY know!



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Why Composting?

Composting is a topic of growing interest in schools throughout the country. Why composting? There are a number of reasons. Composting provides a partial solution to an issue of great concern in many communities. All around the country, landfills are filling up, garbage incineration is becoming increasingly unpopular, and other waste disposal options are becoming ever harder to find. Read about composting at Cornell's Waste Management website:[3]

There is a method of indoor composting that people can do if they don't have room for a big outdoor bin. Learn about this method call "Vermicomposting" or composting in a worm bin: [4]

Glossary of Composting Terms:[5]

After completing the readings, go to the "Talk" page below to answer the discussion questions.

Talk:Lesson One

Go onto Lesson Two here.

Course Homepage “What Do We Do With All That Trash?”

References: All composting resources were retrieved from the Cornell Waste Management Institute (1997)at http://compost.css.cornell.edu/